When the topic of my occupation comes up, I have heard one answer pretty frequently over the years.
“A Pastor? That’s cool, but I don’t need a building to worship God. My worship time is just He and I”
It is, in our day and time – seemingly logical. After all, many talk about their relationship with God as if it is individual, as if God’s purpose is to help a person through life, so that he/she can survive it, and then gain access to paradise, where everything will be perfect, and then we’ll find peace.
Makes for a nice movie, and some great stories… yet.. heaven is so much more.
Scene’s like the one from Isaiah 6, that we will hear tomorrow together in church – leave you filled with wonder and awe. The scenes from Revelation of Jesus Christ ( you know – the last book in the BIble and yes – there is no “s” at the end!) show crowds beyond number, over and over, entering the presence of God and adoring Him. It is a grand celebration, a feast beyond compare, a celebration thrown by God our Father, because His children are finally home…
That is as well, a description of what church is, and how we should see it – an appetizer, a foretaste of that feast, a celebration where we with the whole company of heaven – sing our praise, voice our adoration of the God. Church is a gathering of His family, to celebrate the love that He has for us, the work, the crafting of our lives – which to some may seem hypocritical and sinful at times – yet after He is completed with it – shine in the reflection of His glory.
That’s a lot to celebrate… that is a lot to feast upon, and as the ultimate Host, may we return our thanks.. to Him, with our voices, and our lives… together!